News Nuggets: ‘The Hobbit’ clobbers box office rivals again for third straight week

For the third straight week, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” dominates the weekend box office. The third film in the Peter Jackson series starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen brings in $21.9 million to surpass the $200 million mark in the U.S. during its short run. The Rob Marshall musical adaptation “Into the Woods” finishes in second place with $19.1 million. Angelina Jolie‘s directorial effort “Unbroken” is in the third spot with $18.4 million. The low budget sequel “Woman in Black: Angel of Death” debuts in fourth with a strong $15.1 million. Hollywood Reporter

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott dies at age 49 on Sunday of cancer. The sports network had a lengthy segment remembering their colleague, who had battled the disease since 2007. He was one of the most popular anchors for the cable network, often hosting its flagship show “SportsCenter” with his trademark phrase “Boo-Yah!” Celebrities reacting on social media Sunday included Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Longoria, Sherri Shepherd, Nick Jonas, Ben McKenzie, and Colin Hanks. E! Online

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Warner Bros Pictures International boasts their best box office in the studio’s history. For the year 2014, they hauled in $3.17 billion, slightly more than in 2013 with $3.14 billion. The overall leader for them was “Interstellar” with $472 million worldwide. In the second spot was “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” with $446 million. Other big earners were “Godzilla,” “Edge of Tomorrow,” and “The Lego Movie.” Deadline

DreamWorks Animation announces that veteran producers Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria will transition into co-presidents for the company. Current chief creative officer Bill Damaschke will step down from his position. The duo produced the studio’s successful “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Madagascar” movies and collectively have grossed over $3.5 billion globally for their eight films. L.A. Times

Will King Henry VIII be the best post-“Homeland” role received so far by actor Damian Lewis? The Emmy winner takes on the character for “Wolf Hall,” a new miniseries debuting on BBC2 this month. The project will premiere in America on PBS in April and is based on a novel by Hilary Mantel. Co-stars include Tony champ Mark Rylance, Claire Foy, Mark Gatiss, and Jonathan Pryce. Watch a new trailer for the anticipated event. Thompson on Hollywood

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Looking for the hot spots to get celebrity autographs and photos during Golden Globes weekend? A new rundown lets you know that the AFI luncheon kicks things off on Friday, January 9, at the Four Seasons. The BAFTA tea party takes the spotlight on that Saturday, also at the Four Seasons. Following the Globes on Sunday, most of the parties take place in and around the Beverly Hilton: The Weinstein Company and Netflix (Robinson May lot), Warner/In Style (past the lobby bar), HBO (pool), NBC/Universal (rooftop), and more. The Wrap

Actress Donna Douglas dies at age 81 on Friday in Louisiana. She was a long-time star of the popular CBS comedy “The Beverly Hillbillies” as Elly May Clampett, daughter of Jed (Buddy Ebsen). Her character was known for her love of “critters” and her shapely figure. Douglas also was a guest star on many 1950s and 1960s TV shows and co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1966 film “Frankie and Johnny.” Variety

Country star Little Jimmy Dickens dies at age 94 on Friday in Nashville. He was the last member of the Grand Ole Opry that was older than the radio show itself. He was also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, with his induction back in 1983. In addition to such hits as “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose,” he was known for his comic routines. USA Today

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